1Twist and turn with quick writhing movements.no object ‘the puppy wriggled in his arms’
squirm, writhe, wiggle, jiggle, jerk, thresh, flounder, flail, twitch, turn, twist, twist and turn, zigzagView synonyms
- ‘she wriggled her bare, brown toes’
- 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction Move in a particular direction with wriggling movements.
- ‘Susie wriggled out of her clothes’
2wriggle out ofno object Avoid (something) by devious means.
avoid, shirk, dodge, evade, elude, sidestep, circumvent, eschewView synonyms
- ‘don't try and wriggle out of your contract’
A wriggling movement.‘she gave an impatient little wriggle’
squirm, jiggle, wiggle, jerk, twist, turnView synonyms
- ‘She gave a little wriggle of her shoulders, looking uncomfortable.’
- ‘He was not gagged, which was a blessing, but the rope was tied tight and limited any movement to a caterpillar-like wriggle.’
- ‘Sea creatures appear lashed by an ocean spray of brilliant white diamonds; the twisting form of an iguana brooch insinuates the darting wriggle of the animal's movements.’
- ‘Verlust watched expectantly, and was rewarded by a wriggle in the vegetation that didn't match the movement of the rest in the soft breeze.’
- ‘They do so with minimal effort, with an occasional wriggle of a flank and a sideways motion of a tail.’
- ‘With an awkward wriggle, he dragged his head clear.’
- ‘She felt her cousin wriggle beneath her when she landed on top of him, and she laughed, pleased with herself for turning his own trick back on him.’
- ‘The wriggle brought Shawn into a half wakeful state and he groggily inhaled a faintly flowery scent.’
- ‘Below him, Eric made a convulsive wriggle to get his legs around the bottom of the pipe.’
- ‘Alas, three minutes later the fish does a wriggle down deep and the hook comes free.’
- ‘He tried to move again but all he could manage was a wriggle under the blankets.’
- ‘My mother's cat, so long terrified by my very presence, appears to be getting used to me, and now does an impressive, fawning wriggle at my feet every time I pass.’
Late 15th century from Middle Low German wriggelen, frequentative of wriggen ‘twist, turn’.
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